Published: 05/13/2019

Cartoon man with bad breathBad breath, also known as halitosis, can be a severe detriment in your life. You may be hesitant to get close to people because you do not want them thinking negatively of you. If you suffer from chronic halitosis, then it is vital to pinpoint the cause so that Drs. Donna Miller, Michelle Hinds, and Austin Green from Creekwood Dental Arts can help.

  1. Having a High-Sugar Diet

When your diet is high in sugar, you are more likely to suffer from bad breath. Sugar interacts with the bacteria in your mouth in a unique way. The bacteria feeds on the sugar, which turns the sweet scent into a sour one. It is the primary cause of cavities, but it also results in halitosis. Make sure you follow healthy diet guidelines, so your oral health remains ideal.

  1. Taking Certain Medications

There are hundreds of medications people take that have dry mouth as a side effect. When the mouth is too dry, saliva production lessens. This makes for the perfect environment for bacteria that cause foul smells. Other medications break down in the body and enter the bloodstream, which eventually makes its way to your breath, causing a pungent odor.

  1. Smoking

Any tobacco product, including cigarettes, pipe or chew, can result in bad breath. Your mouth will constantly smell like tobacco, and it will result in several other oral health issues. Tobacco damages the gum tissue, and it can greatly increase your risk of getting periodontal disease.

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These are only the most common explanations for halitosis. You can also get it from aspiration pneumonia, a bowel obstruction or ketoacidosis. When you suffer from chronic bad breath, you need to contact Creekwood Dental Arts immediately. Our dentist will examine your mouth to determine the best treatment option, which may include treating gum disease or periodontal pockets. She will also offer advice for you to follow at home, so the bad breath does not return.

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